Jones vs. Cormier bout changed to No Contest, DC title restored
At the direction of California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster, the bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California has been officially changed to a No Contest. This comes after Jones tested positive for metabolites from the steroid turinabol in a test administered on July 28, the day before the event. The B Sample also tested positive for the turinabol metabolite M3.
There is now no question that Jones was competing with metabolites from a prohibited drug in his system, and thus the bout outcome is not legitimate. How the drug came into his system is another question, that will be determined in time. However, while inadvertent use of the drug may lessen Jones suspension, it does not change the fact that he competed with a prohibited substance in his system, and thus the bout outcome is a No Contest.
Prior to the fight, Jones was the UFC interim light heavyweight champion, and Daniel Cormier was the light heavyweight champion. As the bout outcome has been declared a no contest, Daniel Cormier has been restored as champion.
UFC was informed Wednesday that the result of the UFC 214 bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier on July 29 was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission. The ruling changes the Jones ‘win’ to a ‘no contest’ following a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected after Jones’ weigh-in on July 28, 2017.
As this was a title bout, Cormier will be reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion.
The news was announced by Cormier himself on FS1’s UFC Tonight.
“If it’s a no contest, then the fight didn’t happen,” said Cormier, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “[UFC president Dana White] said, ‘If one of you guys would have missed weight, he would have won the fight, but you still would have kept the belt. Because of that, the championship is getting returned to you.’ The fight is a no contest. If he cheated, he could not have fought and cheated and still won the fight.
“Once again, I’m the UFC champion.”
“People will say stuff like, well you got handed the belt. He cheated and the reality is for me to say, ‘I don’t want this title,’ when I was gonna be in a championship fight anyway, financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champion as opposed to fighting for the title.”
“He disqualified himself for taking a steroid before the fight, so it didn’t happen. So now I get the belt back, which is the right thing to do. And I’m not only saying that because it’s me. It’s the right thing to do. You don’t cheat the sport, you don’t cheat the fans, you don’t cheat me. You have all the physical advantages, sir. You’re 30 years old, you’re 6-4, you’ve got an 85-inch reach. I’m 38 years old. I would love to take stuff and not have to wake up every morning and walk down my stairs sideways.”
“We had one of the biggest fights of the year. Once again, this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”
This is now the third time Jones has been stripped of a title.